Fatal Gaps: How the Virginia Tech Shooting Prompted Changes in State Mental Health Records Reporting

In the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, lawmakers took action to close the fatal gaps in mental health records reporting that undermine the background check system and threaten the safety of Americans.

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Thousands of Guns, No Background Check Required

The state of Maine has a strong tradition of gun ownership. And Maine’s gun owners know that responsible ownership includes keeping guns out of the wrong hands. That’s why 93% of Americans—and the majority of Mainers, regardless of political party—agree: all gun buyers should pass a criminal background check.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Comments on Mental Health Gun Rules

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mayors Against Illegal Guns submitted this comment to ATF to urge the agency to modernize its rules implementing the federal firearms prohibitions on individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others because of mental illness. The proposed rule changes would facilitate the sharing of information on the dangerously mentally ill with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a critical tool in preventing dangerous persons from obtaining access to firearms.

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